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GHOST CATCHERS!
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 9:30 AM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


PETE: I WANT TO HAVE THE THINGS! TO OWN.
posted by The Whelk at 9:30 AM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Let them come in but don't you come in because nothing is fair."

*literally bent over in laughter*
posted by The Whelk at 9:33 AM on July 5, 2012


Dear god, what is this atrocity?
posted by Outlawyr at 9:33 AM on July 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Dear god who is this jackass?
posted by to sir with millipedes at 9:35 AM on July 5, 2012


"I want to make affairs with the dancing around girls I bet, staying married in hard with veitnams and woodstocks!"
posted by The Whelk at 9:35 AM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dear god, what is this atrocity?

I'm going to look around the room and maybe be upset.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:35 AM on July 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


@johnmoe is awesome and Wits should replace Prairie Home Companion on all npr stations starting now.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:37 AM on July 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


Can we dopple Amy Sedaris into the actual show?
posted by The Whelk at 9:39 AM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tee hee! I love Mad Men, but I also love making fun of it.
posted by chatongriffes at 9:53 AM on July 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


I thought this was a very funny representation of how virtually any TV show or movie sounds incredible banal when reduced to its most basic descriptive elements.
posted by The Gooch at 9:57 AM on July 5, 2012


"I've drunk gin all my life and I'm mean."

That's not even making fun of Rodger. That just is Rodger.
posted by The Whelk at 9:58 AM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also MST3K fans should note Bill Corbett there which is giving me like retro whiplash.
posted by The Whelk at 9:59 AM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Can someone explain this to the non-Minnesotans?
posted by mippy at 10:30 AM on July 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


I started out hating this one but the loopy sentence construction won me over.
posted by whir at 10:31 AM on July 5, 2012


I so wish I wouldn't have missed this...
posted by Mental Wimp at 10:35 AM on July 5, 2012


Guys! I went to this! It was fun.
posted by editrixx at 10:44 AM on July 5, 2012


Can someone explain this to the non-Minnesotans?

Wits is this series of shows recorded live at the Fitzgerald theater in St. Paul each year. The show's format is that they bring on some bright and/or funny and/or talented people and have a sort of pseudo-variety show with them, plus a musical guest. The backing band is led by John Munson of Trip Shakespeare/Semisonic fame, and the interviewing is done by John Moe, who works for MPR here and does the daily tech report piece on morning edition. Lately they've been throwing in these skit-type-things, and the MS3K guys are prominent in those.

I've been to several of these shows and they are at times wonderful, but they are also horribly uneven and paced often terribly. My favorite has been Chuck Klosterman, who just seemed perfectly happy to roll with Moe's uneven style. Andy Richter and Sandra Bernhard as guests both seemed like they were just saying WTF in their heads half the time. Luckily, they were backed by Reggie Watts and Roseanne Cash, respectively, who were wonderful.

The other thing that is absolutely repugnant at these shows is how actively they push everyone live tweeting through the event. I have nothing but disdain for this idea and every wannabe hipster in the crowd tweeting in the audience. I think the last show I went to (Richter/Watts) will be my last solely because of these #tWits
posted by mcstayinskool at 10:50 AM on July 5, 2012


This was witty and clever. As whir said, the loopy dialog was what made it work so well. And the picturesque wordplay for each character...
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 11:07 AM on July 5, 2012


It's from David Algonquin's never produced absurdist play.
posted by The Whelk at 11:11 AM on July 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


What's behind the weird Woll Smoth/Nod Flenders- esque names and strange phrasing, though? Is it just one of those things you get or you don't, or is it a reference to something else?
posted by mippy at 11:23 AM on July 5, 2012


I think the weird names are a John Moe thing (he does it with Ghostbusters, too, I think?). I don't really get it either and to be honest this sketch was the least funny/interesting part of the whole show, to me. Someone described it as lolcats doing Mad Men?
posted by editrixx at 11:32 AM on July 5, 2012


I bet this cast is capable of being quite funny but that wasn't. Quite funny I mean.
posted by waxbanks at 11:47 AM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


The sentence construction reminds me of the dogs from Up.
posted by ChuraChura at 12:28 PM on July 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


That explains why I closed the video when I noticed a squirrel outside.
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 1:33 PM on July 5, 2012


I thought this would be something to do with Wits.

But even so, I watched anyway, and was not particularly amused. The loopy sentences don't say anything about Mad Men or what happens in Mad Men, the form just seems a zany conceit to try and manufacture humour.
posted by Flashman at 2:14 PM on July 5, 2012


And now this is where all the Wits season ticket holders check-in.

More John Moe goodness Pop Song Correspondences
posted by nathan_teske at 2:15 PM on July 5, 2012


Love the concept and the words but the voice actors killed it for me.
Needed a different kind of delivery I think.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:00 PM on July 5, 2012


Can someone explain this to the non-Minnesotans?

The key thing is they have PBR coolers rolling up and down the aisles and a gin and ginger bar in front of the stage. The rest just flows from there...
posted by Mental Wimp at 3:15 PM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Can someone explain why they're talking that way? Are they avoiding saying certain letters of the alphabet or something?
posted by gubo at 6:31 PM on July 5, 2012


I didn't like this at all, but it did remind me of this which I really enjoyed.
posted by sweetkid at 6:48 PM on July 5, 2012


As far as I can remember the language style used here is similar to something from perhaps Clone High or maybe reminiscent of a doofus type of character from Futurama. Actually in the Clerks animated tv show I think they did something like this as well with similarly idiotic characters... A cartoon from my highschool days regardless...

We ended up talking like this quite a bit to great comedic effect at the time. But nowhere have I see this form used by itself to such a great extent.

I quite enjoyed it.
posted by ~Bert at 8:30 PM on July 5, 2012


The impression I always got from these bits is that we're supposed to be watching the "off-brand" version of these shows; along the lines of "the snorks", or "go-bots", or "mad TV."
posted by modernserf at 10:51 PM on July 5, 2012


It's funny because it's silly.

Sometimes that's about it.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 4:26 AM on July 6, 2012


The more I think about it, I think that as Garrison Keillor wanes, John Moe is picking up his torch as the Minnesota Public Radio related comedy guy who develops a bit of national exposure and generally divides the locals so that when they see him they want to either give him hugs or shoot him on sight.
posted by COBRA! at 7:40 AM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


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